Melting Lover Manga

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SKU: 9781634421485

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About Melting Lover Manga

Melting Lover manga features story and art by Bukuro Yamada.

A bond of love is a beautiful thing, but what happens when outside pressures force it into forms both strange and strained. A lovesick youth encounters a mysterious shapeshifter with the ability to take on the appearance of his beloved. A hitman forswears pleasure, but cannot shake the fun-loving angel determined to follow him on his assignments. Two circus performers keep explosive secrets from one another while sharing the trapeze. And an android finds himself malfunctioning under the gaze of his pet human.

Melting Lover explores the shadowy territories of love through Bukuro Yamada's sweet art and gentle literary touch.


  • Publisher: KUMA
  • Media: Manga
  • Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
  • Themes: Supernatural, Yaoi
  • Age Rating: 18+
  • Release Date: 10/22/2019
  • Page Count: 208
  • Dimensional Weight: 1
  • Written Language: English

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Ratings & Reviews

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Interesting concepts, OK delivery

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I loved most of the concepts in this manga, but the actual execution was just okay. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. The best stories were the Angel & Assassin and Circus chapters because of the character dynamics and settings. However, since this is a one-shot anthology there’s sadly not enough time to explore those things in depth.

This manga gets kind of dark. Nothing too crazy, but it’s definitely not a cutesy, fluffy BL. The art style was simple and nice. It feels ‘soft’, so even when the subject matter got grim, the art helped to prevent it from getting too severe.

The cover image shown is a dust jacket/matte cover, while the actual cover is much more plain. I normally don’t care for dust jackets, but the colors on it are pretty, and it can just be removed and set to the side if it gets in the way of reading.

Overall I don’t regret buying this and it was a nice (albeit average), quick read.

As a drag queen once said, "leave them wanting more... and then don't give it to them." That's what Bukuro Yamada has done with Melting Lover, but to positive effect.

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The book, which is of exceptionally high physical quality, contains four stories. The titular Melting Lover follows a young man and his sentient, shapeshifting blob who takes the form of his crush. Bottom of Heaven sees a hitman being followed around on Earth by an angel. The Circus After Midnight tells the story of two circus performers, one of whom is secretly a werewolf. Finally, Noisy Jungle features an android and his human pet after the fall of humanity. All of these are really sweet love stories, beautifully told and illustrated, and though they can get rather dark, in all cases I was still left feeling warm and fuzzy.

But the reader inevitably starts to ask questions. For example, why did humanity regress to animal-level intelligence? But then one realizes: that's the point. No matter the bigger picture, there's always love, and the genius of this book is highlighting those micro-level narratives against a larger, mysterious backdrops. A satisfying read.